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at or of?

Unread postby Hideki » Tue Oct 24, 2006 1:01 pm

Hello, friends;
It's my first time to post a topic. Would you be kind to help me?

When you are, for instance, eighteen years old and I am also eighteen years old, do you say

"We are of the same age." Or "We are at the same age."

I've heard "We are the same age." is also acceptable. Am I correct?

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Unread postby eric_p_m » Sat Oct 28, 2006 9:09 pm

Dear Hideki,

All of the answers you have mentioned are correct in usage. Here, the differences among prepositions indicate a subtle bias on the part of the speaker or writer.

Utlizing the prepostion "of" here, indicates a more formal distance from the listener or reader while "at" emphasizes the point of their lives where a certain event occurred, bringing the two discoursal participants into a closer social relationship. Without a preposition, the person is merely stating a fact.


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Unread postby CBP » Tue Nov 07, 2006 10:16 am

I don't know if you're still reading this thread, but the best thing to say would be "We're the same age," without the preposition. It's what everyone says, at least for American English. So if you say "We're of the same age," people will know you're not a native speaker. It's highly formal and rarely used.

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